Day: March 5, 2019

The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10

The talk is now that if the world is to escape near or total annihilation it must turn for help to the ethics of Jesus.

No one with a trace of human pity can think of the effects of nuclear warfare without feeling utter abhorrence for such a thing and deepest compassion for those who may sometime be caught in its fiery hell. In it man’s age-old inhumanity to man will have through the ingenuity of modern science surely reached the peak of all possible frightfulness.

Yet we Christians would be foolish to allow ourselves to be carried away by the ominous predictions of unbelieving men. We know well enough that nuclear energy is theoretically capable of wiping out every form of life on this planet, including mankind. But we also know that such a catastrophe will never occur. We further know that the earth will never be inhabited by a degenerate race of off-human mutants made so by huge overdoses of radiation.

First, the Holy Scriptures tell us what we could never learn any other way: they tell us what we are, who we are, how we got here, why we are here and what we are required to do while we remain here. They trace our history from the beginning down to the present time and on into the centuries and millenniums ahead. They track us into the atomic age, through the space age and on into the golden age. They reveal that at an appropriate time the direction of the world will be taken away from men and placed in the hands of the Man who alone has the wisdom and power to rule it.

I omit here purposely the details. These are given in satisfying fullness in the writings of the holy prophets and apostles and in the words of Christ spoken while He was yet among us. The one great truth I would emphasize here is that after the warlords have shot their last missile and dropped their last bomb there will still be living men inhabiting this globe. After the world has gone through the meat grinder of Armageddon, the earth will still be inhabited by men; not by biological freaks, but by real people like you and me.

by A.W. Tozer